Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dallas News | myFOXdfw.comA look at Vallejo, Calif. - FOX 4 News

By The Associated Press

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) - Vallejo, Calif., at a glance:

- POPULATION: 115,942

- LOCATION: 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, on the north shore of San Pablo Bay.

- ECONOMY: Vallejo was a Navy town until the Mare Island Naval Shipyard was deactivated in 1995. Major employers now include Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and Six Flags amusement park.

- CLAIM TO FAME: Named for Mexican Gen. Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who helped settle and oversee the area before California's independence. The city briefly served as the state capital. The Legislature met there for one week in 1852 and for a month in 1853.

- FAMOUS VALLEJOANS: New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia; former major leaguers Bill Buckner and Tug McGraw; race car driver Jeff Gordon; Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin; actor Raymond Burr; competitive eater Joey Chestnut; musician Sly Stone, frontman for Sly and the Family Stone; Earl Stevens, who raps as E-40; Republican pundit Ed Rollins; and rhythm and blues musician Johnny Otis.

- TITLES: Vallejo's motto is "City of Opportunity." It was among Inc. magazines' "Top 25 Cities for Doing Business" in America in 2004. In 2008, it became the largest U.S city to file for bankruptcy, a distinction now held by Stockton, Calif.

- SIGNS OF THE TIMES: Damaged traffic signals in Vallejo are set to blink red in the absence of money to fully repair them. The half-empty City Hall now has "please ring bell" signs in place of receptionists. The city's symphony, which used to perform six shows a year, now does two.

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